Nursing at University of Fort Hare

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Nursing at University of Fort Hare

Nursing at University of Fort Hare

Nursing Science:

The oldest department in the faculty since 1983 with undergraduate degrees such as B Cur and B Cur I et A, postgraduate diploma in Clinical Management of HIV/AIDS, Master with specialties in community health, intensive care, Midwifery, Health Management & Nursing education, and Psychiatric Nursing, a pre-doctoral program and a Ph.D.

The department started with 4 B Cur students being situated in Cecilia Makiwane Hospital later moved to All Saints in Bishop and no 45 Commercial Road in East London. It joined the East London campus community in 2011 to occupy its teaching space in the new Teaching and Learning Centre.

The Faculty of Health Sciences endeavors to be competent, committed, vibrant, and globally recognized through the provision of excellence in teaching, learning, research, and community engagement.


The vision of the Faculty will be achieved through:

  • Discovering a wealth of knowledge within the domain of Health Sciences through rigorous scientific learning and research which is socially and ethically relevant.
  • Preparing future skilled health professionals for service and life-long learning through innovative curricula and individualized quality education experiences.
  • Strengthening health services to improve the health of people living in South Africa and the international community.
  • Generating financial and material resources to enhance its sustainability.

Our transformative values:

  • Excellence
  • Equity
  • Innovation
  • Professionalism
Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing (B Cur)

Admission Requirements
It is recommended that Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Biology be taken as Matriculation subjects. Candidates shall be admitted to the program if they have the following: Mathematics level 4 or Mathematics literacy level 5, Physical Science level 4, and Life Science level 4.

The curriculum shall extend over a minimum period of four years of full-time study.  It entails systematic professional practice instruction, which includes laboratory and clinical training, and shall extend over the full period of the module of study.  Clinical training shall be done in general and midwifery hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, and community and community health service facilities in the Eastern Cape Province.

Course Code:
Level of Study:
4 years
Nursing Science

Master in Nursing Science

Admission requirements:

Candidates for the Master of Nursing degree must hold the following qualifications unless the Senate otherwise determines: a four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing (NQF level 8) from a university; an honors degree in nursing following a three-year bachelor’s degree at the university; registration with the South African Nursing Council as a professional nurse; and, for international students, compliance with the SAQA, SANC, and SAQA requirements of having a dual registration; A statement of intent in a succinct preliminary research proposal must be included with an application for a master’s degree by completing the dissertation.

Duration of the Programme

  • Full-time: Not less than two consecutive semesters (1 year) and not more than six consecutive semesters (3 Years)
  • Part-time: Not less than four consecutive semesters (2 years) and not more than eight consecutive semesters (4 Years)


Qualification Code Name of Qualification Core module Module code Credits
84500 Master of Nursing Dissertation NMS700E 180 at National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 9

Description of Modules

NMS 700E      Master of Nursing (Dissertation)

Purpose: The degree program aims to equip postgraduate students in the field of Nursing with the necessary skills to conceptualize, plan, execute, and report on research in their area of interest.

Instruction: Supervised independent research by presenting a proposal, getting ethical clearance, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and report writing.

Credit value: 180

Assessment: The research report will be assessed by two external examiners

All correspondence is to be addressed to The Departmental administrator or Post Grad co-ordinator.

Ph.D. In Nursing

Target Groups

This program is suitable for a person who has a Master’s degree in Nursing or a Master’s in Public Health.

  • Those wishing to progress towards qualification as a Doctor of Nursing and beyond
  • The program carries a Minimum credit of 360 at the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 10

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Candidate must have a Master’s degree qualification


  • The candidate should contact a potential supervisor to discuss their study
  • Written the concept paper

Contact details:

Dr. AP Okeyo Telephone no: 043 704 7585


Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Fort Hare- East London Campus

Private Bag X9083
5 Oxford Street East London

Level of Study: 

3 Years
Nursing Science

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